NECE Conference 2015: "'Us' and 'Them': Citizenship Education in an Interdependent World"
22-24 October 2015, Thessaloniki, Greece
Conference Blog & Documentation, Interviews, etc.
The 2015 NECE Conference in Thessaloniki built on the 2014 NECE Conference in Vienna, which focused on the conflicts in and around Europe. Starting point of the 2015 conference was the question of how to reimagine and define the role of citizenship education in increasingly divided and polarized societies. Fundamentalist religious, ethnic and cultural perceptions of ‘Us’ and ‘Them’ play an ever more important role in the ongoing crises and upheavals in today’s world.
The NECE Conference 2015 was looking into the causes and the implications of this phenomenon in four areas relevant for citizenship educators:
- Europe’s economic, social and political divisions, which have triggered discourses of fear and dissociation in core countries of the EU and have helped nationalistic and populist movements gain ground.
- The perception of an open confrontation between proclaimed values of the 'West' and the 'Islamic World' which has led to dangerous developments in societies on both sides of the Mediterranean.
- The impact of the refugee crisis on European societies in the short, medium and long term.
- The repercussions of the war in Ukraine and relations between Russia, Ukraine and the EU that have led to ideological and nationalist regression and hatred.
Conference programme and report
Conference programme (short version)
Overview Open Format, 22 October 2015 (2.30-4.00pm)
Dossier of biographies
Conference report by Ivo Pertijs
22-24 October 2015
Makedonia Palace Hotel
2, Megalou Alexandrou Avenue
Vas. Olgas 66
P.O.B. 508 23
GR-540 14 Thessaloniki
»Federal Agency for Civic Education (Germany)«
»ProDemos (the Netherlands)«
»Federal Ministry of Education and Women’s Affairs (Austria)«
In co-operation with
»Civic Education Centre (Czech Republic)«
»Citizenship Education Centre (Poland)«
»DARE Network (Democracy and Human Rights Education in Europe)«
»University of Ljubljana – Faculty of Social Sciences«
»Robert Bosch Stiftung (Germany)«
Partner of the NECE conference 2015
»Goethe-Institut Thessaloniki (Germany)«
lab concepts GmbH (Germany)
on behalf of Federal Agency for Civic Education/bpb
Phone +49 (0) 30 259 227 59
Federal Agency for Civic Education
Phone +49 (0)228 99515-289
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